DEPARTMENT OF LICENSES & INSPECTIONS SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT ON OPEN DATA PRIORITIES

Philadelphia, May 1, 2015 – As part of the City’s effort to provide transparency and accountability across all departments, the Department of Licenses & Inspections (L&I) announced it is seeking public input in order to prioritize open data sets relating to its work.

L&I is partnering with the Office of Innovation & Technology (OIT) to develop a data inventory, a list of all 69 datasets produced by the department, and has shared this list online. While the inventory does not contain the data itself, the list enables members of the public to see what data exists and how it is used.  The online site also features a submission form for members of the public to provide feedback about which datasets are important to citizens.  This public feedback will be used to prioritize the next set of open data releases from L&I.

“This initiative enables us to break down data silos internally and build on our record of transparency,” said L&I Commissioner Carlton Williams. “Expanding public access to data is key to improving public safety in our city.”

The L&I data inventory is part of a larger, citywide data inventory, giving all City departments insight into what data is produced around the city and who to contact to access it. Twelve departments have begun the process to compile data inventories, and L&I is the fifth department to complete it.

“L&I was one of the first departments to lead the way for open data after Mayor Nutter’s executive order, releasing construction permits, property violations, and more early on,” said Chief Data Officer Tim Wisniewski. “The inventory process enables them to tackle the rest in a meaningful way, with feedback from their constituents.”

The data inventory is available at www.phila.gov/data/inventory/.  Members of the public can provide feedback by clicking “comments” next to the dataset.

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